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HOPE

November 25, 2015

Wednesday

 

Lamentations 3:21-22

 

This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

 

 

LESSON

 

He himself remembered something that gave him hope. As long as we contemplate our troubles, the more convinced we will become of our isolation, our hopelessness, our inability to extricate ourselves from the present trouble. But when we focus on the Lord, we are able finally to rise above, rather than to suffer under, our troubles.

The prophet remembered that the Lord’s loyal love never ceases and that He is ceaselessly compassionate. “In essence, hesed is just an Old Testament way of saying that God is gracious and God is love. How could the writer be stating what he does in the book and not be upset with God? How can God be good in view of human suffering? The answer is that in the middle of all that suffering, God is faithful, merciful, and the one to whom people can turn and know that he is a good and merciful God. That even a kernel of the people of God remains is because of the grace and love of God.

Here’s a simple definition: “God’s faithfulness means that everything He says and does is certain.” He is 100% reliable, 100% of the time. He does not fail, forget, falter, change, or disappoint. He says what He means and means what He says.

 

Memory Verse: Psalm 147:11

 

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